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Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Jun 19 2013, 2:00pm CDT | by

Chrysler finally agrees with NHTSA and begins recall

Not too long ago I mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models over the potential for fires after certain types of accidents....

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Chrysler Finally Recalls Some Jeeps over Fire Risk

Jun 19 2013, 2:00pm CDT | by

Chrysler finally agrees with NHTSA and begins recall

Not too long ago I mentioned that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had asked Chrysler to recall certain Jeep models over the potential for fires after certain types of accidents. Chrysler refused to recall the Jeeps when the NHTSA first asked. Chrysler has now had a change of heart and has agreed to recall 2.7 million SUVs.

The fire issue with certain Jeep models has been linked to 51 deaths from post-crash fires. I can only imagine the liability that Chrysler will be open to if a defect in the vehicle's design is linked specifically to those 51 deaths. Chrysler has announced a voluntary campaign to repair certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty vehicles with fuel tanks that are mounted behind the rear axles.

On June 4, Chrysler refused to institute the recall when originally requested by the NHTSA. At the time, Chrysler said that the vehicles did not pose a safety risk. However, the NHTSA has the legal authority to force a recall and apparently, Chrysler realized that one way or the other it would be forced to recall the vehicles. Chrysler still maintains its vehicles are safe and well designed. “Chrysler Group recognizes that this matter has raised concerns for its customers and wants to take further steps, in coordination with NHTSA, to provide additional measures to supplement the safety of its vehicles,” the company said.

 
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European hot hatch icons in classic form

Oct 28 2014 7:09pm CDT | Source: Driving Canada

The first example of a European ‘Hot Hatch’ dates back to 1976 and the Volkswagen GTi which was a high-performance derivative of a front-wheel-drive, three-door hatchback Things really took off for this segment in the mid-’80s when the Austin/Rover Group, Peugeot and Renault offered a very limited run of production-built cars so that they could meet the regulations to build their highly modified Group B Ral ...
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Official: Chrysler-Fiat quality chief out after another poor Consumer Reports showing

Oct 28 2014 5:40pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Chrysler, FiatFiat Chrysler has announced a management change following the company's woeful performance in the latest Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Survey. Of the 28 brands surveyed, FCA's marques occupied the five the seven lowest scores, while Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat were the four lowest scorers. Doug Betts, FCA's 51-year-old head of quali ...
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2 hours ago

Report: NHTSA probing Ram recall pace, communication

Oct 28 2014 5:08pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Recalls, Ram The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that it's looking into Chrysler Group's handling of a pair of recalls affecting roughly one million Ram pickup trucks. Reuters is reporting that the regulatory agency is focusing on the availability (or lack thereof) of parts and "poor communications" from the automaker in its investigation. "Customers have been advis ...
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4 hours ago

Fiat-Chrysler Quality Chief Resigns One Day After Terrible Consumer Reports Rankings

Oct 28 2014 3:10pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

The New York Times reports that Doug Betts, Fiat-Chrysler quality chief, abruptly abandoned his post this morning. The company, where Betts worked for the past seven years, occupied the very bottom of Consumer Reports magazine’s annual rankings released yesterday, with Fiat, Jeep, Ram, and Dodge taking the bottom four slots and Chrysler nabbing number 22 on the list of 28. Betts, whose official title was senior vice president of qua ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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Report: Detroit 3 small cars lay an egg in latest Consumer Reports reliability study

Oct 28 2014 1:35pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford Consumer Reports has released its Annual Auto Reliability Survey and the results are, in a word, interesting. While we already covered the score-damaging effects of infotainment systems, there's another big angle to the data that's getting some attention - the utterly dismal scores of the Detroit Three's small car offerings. The turbocharged Do ...
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6 hours ago

Rumormill: Does Scion's LA concept presage a US Auris?

Oct 28 2014 1:09pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: Concept Cars, Wagon, Hatchback, Scion, Toyota When the doors open at the LA Auto Show in a few weeks, Scion will be on hand to showcase its new iM Concept. But considering what little Toyota's youthful brand has revealed about the concept so far, it's led to rampant speculation. And the prevailing wisdom seems to point towards a production iM arriving as a Scion-badged version of the Toyota Auris. For those unfamiliar, the Auris is to E ...
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6 hours ago

Custom 500s: Mopar Whips Up Fiat 500 Abarth “Scorpion” and 500L “Custom” for SEMA

Oct 28 2014 1:09pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

They’re not Ford Custom 500s. Besides, if your remember the Custom 500, you’re likely not in the demographic for these two Fiats scheduled to hit Mopar’s SEMA booth. Then again, if you remember old Fiats, you’re probably outside the target demo, too. The smaller of the two cars to grace the booth is the 500 Abarth Scorpion. Resplendent in an Abarthy-as-all-heck paint scheme with a big scorpion graphic draped across the hoo ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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9 hours ago

Fiat-Chrysler Quality Chief Leaves Because Of Abysmal Quality Reports

Oct 28 2014 10:05am CDT | Source: Jalopnik

Less than 24 hours after four Fiat-Chrysler brands ranked last in the most recent Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Survey , Doug Betts, the automaker's Head of Quality is out the door to "pursue other in ...
Source: Jalopnik   Full article at: Jalopnik
 

 
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10 hours ago

Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing

Oct 28 2014 8:59am CDT | Source: Automotive News

Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability ...
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